NEWBERRY – Coming back from Due West, South Carolina, the Newberry women’s soccer team had a lot to think about. The proverbial “one that got away” was played against Erskine Thursday night, with the Lady Indians losing a close battle 2-1.
“This loss falls squarely on my shoulders,” said Newberry head coach Juan Pablo Favero. “The player’s effort and commitment to win was there the whole game.”
This loss may be the bitterest of Favero’s career, as he watched his team outshoot the opposition 30-4. The Indians spent most of the game in Erskine’s territory, evidenced by Newberry’s 10-0 edge in corner kicks.
One could not recap the game without mentioning the spectacular performance of Erskine senior goalkeeper Samantha Britt. She single handedly stymied a potent Indian offensive attack, recording 18 saves on the night.
“Their keeper played an unbelievable game,” admitted Favero. “Making 18 saves throughout the game. That was the main reason why Erskine won the game.”
The Flying Fleet of Erskine got on the board first, finding the back of the net in the seventh minute, an unassisted goal off the foot of junior Julie Jefferson. The Indian’s struck back in the second half, as Inga Woiwode broke free, finding the back of the net in the 50th minute.
The game winner came late in the match, when senior Jessie Pott broke free on the left side, finding Molly Brown with a text-book center pass. Brown put the ball in the upper corner of the goal, just out of Indian keeper Danielle Beckerle’s reach.
“On the game winner, we made a tactical error on a corner kick, which allowed them to counter-attack for the game-winning goal,” recalled Favero.
Coach Favero finished with this statement:
“I am very proud of the girls and their effort, and think this was an eye-opening experience to how intense and physical college soccer is. I expect that we will look at what we did well, and learn from our shortcomings as a team. Most importantly, we need to take this loss and use it as an opportunity to learn something, while continuing to move the program in a positive direction.”
The Newberry women’s soccer team resumes action 4p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4th, in a game at St. Andrews College.
Founded in 1856, Newberry College is affiliated with the South Carolina, Southeastern, Florida-Bahamas, and Caribbean Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Newberry is a proud member institution of the NCAA Division II and the South Atlantic Conference, a league comprised of eight colleges and universities in North and South Carolina and Tennessee.